Friday, March 7, 2008
Dreamer Gaby Pacheco and her Family Continue to be Harassed
This all sounds so familiar. This outrages me and makes me understand the trials that Gaby Pacheco and her family must be going through right now. She decided to become
one of our voices and speak up for thousands of DREAMERS... now she is being punished
for it. What did ICE do? You know it, they went after her family and now they are facing an order to see an immigration judge.
Gaby is a student visa holder, but the emotional drainage and constant harasment that immigration and other "concerned citizens" constantly do to families like Pacheco's is not new to me. They do whatever they can to shut you up. I am not being an extremist, just speaking from experience.
Miami students protest deportation of college-age immigrants
By Ruth Morris | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 7, 2008
MIAMI - Covering their mouths with tape, student activists marched Thursday to support a colleague who charges immigration agents targeted her Ecuadorean family because of her campaign to legalize undocumented immigrants who go to college.
Gaby Pacheco, 23, says authorities seemed to be looking for her when they entered her family's home in July 2006 and detained her parents and two sisters. Pacheco has a student visa and is studying special education at Miami Dade College, but the four family members are undocumented. They were detained for several hours and released, and have since been issued a notice to appear before an immigration judge.
The Pacheco case is the third in recent months to highlight immigration troubles of college-age immigrants brought to South Florida as children. Their stories have shed light on tightened immigration enforcement. Advocates, meanwhile, say the cases show how current practices penalize students for their parents' decision to live in the United States without authorization.....More***
Image obtained from facebook group: Gaby Pacheco and Activist Solidarity